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The United Church of Christ has 
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for Haiti after a major 
earthquake struck the country. 
Thousands of people are feared 
dead and countless have been 
left homeless. 

Global Ministries personnel, 
Kim, Patrick and Solomon 
Bentrott have reported in they are safe. As damage assessments are made and 
plans for relief, recovery and rehabilitation are developed, additional support will 
be shared. The need is massive. Updates will be posted at: 

The quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, struck 10 miles southwest of the 
capital just before 5pm local time on January 12. 

It is still too early to know the full extent of the damage, but One Great Hour of 
Sharing is expecting very high loss of life, widespread destruction of homes, 
schools and other buildings, and major damage to key water, electricity and road 

One Great Hour of Sharing funds are being rushed to our Haitian partners to 
support their initial emergency response. As damage assessments are made and 
plans for relief, recovery and rehabilitation are developed, additional support will 
be shared. The need is massive. 

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1. Pray for the people of Haiti their leaders and emergency and humanitarian aid 

2. Please help the people of Haiti by sending gifts payable to your congregation 
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1/20/10 7:50 AM 

Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ - News 

Minister for Global Sharing of Resources One Great Hour of Sharing 
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Six Churches from the Southeast Conference join in a work camp at 
Back Bay Mission, Biloxi 

Twenty-six individuals from six UCC 
churches in the Southeast Conference 
gathered in Biloxi, Mississippi in 
November to experience and share 
God's love. The team rehabbed 
homes, cooked and served at Loaves 
and Fishes soup kitchen, distributed 
food and clothing at the Mission 
office, and helped Back Bay prepare 
& wrap Christmas gift items for the 
homeless and other needy men, 
women, and children on the Gulf 
Coast. Members of the group 
marveled at the sense of community that could bind together such a diverse 
group. Led by Connie and Bob Waidmann, Disaster Relief Coordinators for the 
Southeast Conference, the work camp was an expression of the DART (Disaster 
Assistance Relief Team) Ministries of the Conference. 

Robert Ahrendt of Pleasant Hill wrote, "Often through the years people have 
asked - How can you believe in a God you cannot see? Well, I know we saw what 
God looks like on the week of work camp. God looks like the 26 people from 
different age, ethnic, racial, educational, talent and skill level, sexual orientation, 
interest, financial levels and religious backgrounds that were part of this 
weeklong work camp. God's hands look like blisters and paint, broken 
fingernails, other body parts bruised and all over-exhausted." 

Some of the group worked on the home of an elderly couple in hopes of getting 
them back into it before Christmas. Several other homes were brought closer to 
completion. One of these is for an elderly woman who fishes with a net each day 
to give food to her neighbors and the other for a single mother of three children. 
It was a joy to meet and talk with the residents of the homes where the group 
worked. They shared their love and gratitude with members of our conference in 
many ways. 

Other work camp activities included Wednesday night worship at a neighborhood 
Missionary Baptist church, a tour of the devastation and rebuilding in New 
Orleans, and fun evenings of cards and conversation. 

Team members were from around the Conference. Churches from Atlanta 
included First Congregational United Church of Christ, Open 
Community Church UCC, and Praxis UCC, all in the Atlanta area. 
Churches from Tennessee included Church of the Savior UCC, Knoxville; 
Holy Trinity Community UCC, Nashville; and Pleasant Hill 
Community Church UCC, Pleasant Hill. 

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